SOS: I’m Not A Business Major

This March I had the opportunity to attend the international collegiate marketing conference in New Orleans, Louisiana as part of the American Marketing Association executive board. I learned a lot on this trip; why my digital footprint is so important, tips for successful fundraising, and effective networking information. It was eye opening, in more ways than one.

What was most apparent at the beginning of this conference was the fact that I am not a business major. What was most apparent at the end of this conference was the fact that I am so happy I am not a business major.

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My favorite professors at SJU

These are in no particular order, but these are some of the professors that I’ve had in the past four years that I’ve really enjoyed having:

Dr. Divya Balasubramaniam – Introductory MicroEconomics

  • Dr. Divya is one of the greatest professors on campus. As a business major, I was required to take micro and macroeconomics. This wasn’t a topic that I was too interested in, but she made it so much fun. She is an amazing teacher and is always willing to help. Four years later, we always say hi to each other on campus and I usually get to see her at the Interfaith Service in the beginning of the spring semester.

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The 411 on being a Business Administration Major

Before I came to college I knew for sure that I would be a business major. I was also certain that I wanted to do something relating to management. The BA major here is exactly what I was looking for. It’s pretty flexible, covers a lot of aspects in overall business, and you get to have a lot of say in the courses that you take. Students typically take five courses each semester. If need be, you can also take courses over the summer and during breaks

There are ten core classes that you have to take aside from the GEP (General Education Program) requirements:

  • ACC 101 – Concepts of Financial Accounting
  • ACC 102 – Managerial Accounting
  • DSS 200 – Introduction to Information Systems
  • DSS 210 – Business Statistics
  • DSS 220 – Business Analytics
  • FIN 200 – Introduction to Finance
  • MGT 110 – Essentials of Organizational Behavior
    • or MGT 120 – Essentials of Management (it doesn’t matter which one)
  • MGT 360 – Legal Environment of Business
  • MKT 201 – Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 495 – Business Policy

In addition to these you also will complete ACC 100 – Excel Competency online.

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Senior year: Friends

Am I the only one feeling like I’ve met so many cool people senior year? Between new people I’ve met in class, old classmates I’ve built stronger relationships with, and the regulars at Tuesday night Quizzo at Landmark, I have handfuls of new, cool pals. I always stop and think, “where were you for the last three years of my life?”

I have this idea, and I want to know where you guys weigh in on this. There’s a whole senior year experience, like there was a freshmen year experience, that brings us all closer together.

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Food Marketers in Action

Saint Joseph’s University is one of the few schools that have a major known as Food Marketing, and this area of study is quite possibly the most popular major on Hawk Hill. Students have graduated with jobs lined up at large companies, such as General Mills, and have gained valuable experience from their professors, who have worked in the food industry. Another aspect to the Food Marketing major is an option known as the Food Marketing Co-op. In this plan, students are in a five-year program where they take the required courses for the major,

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The Truth About Business Policy

Surely everyone has heard the horror stories of Business Policy. It’s the capstone for everyone in the Haub School of Business. It’s four credits instead of three, and worst of all….it is a semester long group project.

I officially finished Policy on Wednesday, and since then a lot of people have been asking me if it’s really that bad. And the truth is…yes.

It is a lot of work, it is hard to handle at times, and you will have late nights because of it. Sometimes you may even question your major.

BUT, the feeling of finishing this course is extremely satisfying.

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How to build a network!

If you are like any other college student when first searching for a job or internship you come to the realization that you have absolutely zero connections. Well, that is an easy problem to fix and this blog will touch on the three of the best ways to make the connections that you need to get recognized.

Before we begin to discuss strategies to gain connections, one must understand the main component which will assist you in this process and that is confidence. The dictionary defines confidence as the full trust: belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing: belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities.

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My Summer Internship…

This summer I have been interning for a local company called Bleacher Creatures. For those who have never heard of Bleacher Creatures, they make plush figures of sports players, as well as entertainment icons. Bleacher Creatures creates each figure to represent the uniqueness of the individual. From there small beginning in 2011, the company has grown to what it is today with partnerships with the NLB, MBA, NFL and MLS with more then 1000 player dolls, along with additional licensing deals with DC Comics and Warner Bros.

Interning at Bleacher Creatures so far has been a blast!

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CPA: The Letters after Your Name Matters

Since I decided to become an accounting major, I have always contemplated if I should become a certified public accountant. I am now a senior and I have decided that I want to obtain my CPA license.

Accountants get their CPA license to work in public accounting. After CPAs get their experience, they do not have to stay working in public accounting firms. Whether they stay in public accounting or work in private business, they are trusted to provide financial advice for businesses.

I was hesitant to make the decision to become a CPA because I was not entirely sure if I wanted to work in public accounting.

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Challenge Yourself

One thing I have to say is no matter what you do in college, you will always run into those hard classes. These are the classes no matter how hard you work you will always end up with a grade of a B or lower. You often hear students talking around campus about how they try to avoid these classes. Whether it is a required course for your major or an elective such as a faith and reasoning course or philosophical anthropology, I won’t lie; you will try to avoid them until the bitter end. I too, fell into this trap.

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